#Excerpt: 'The Woman Behind The Smile' by Author Debby Montgomery Johnson
How I Lost a Million Dollars on a Dating Service could be the title of this book but The Woman Behind the Smile is so much more than a “Catfish” story – a term used to refer to someone who creates a false online persona to reel someone into a romantic relationship. Many people are looking to online dating as a way to get back into real life after the death of a spouse, divorce or a failed relationship. We paint ourselves as the “perfect partner” with a profile that reflects our life’s story, or does it? In The Woman Behind the Smile, Debby shows how during much of her life she hid behind the mask of being the perfect wife, mother, Air Force Officer, banker, legal assistant and friend – until life was completely changed by “The Call.” The subsequent rebuilding of her life would include a journey only seen on Lifetime Movie Channel! Like Debby, we all have some hidden stories and like her, it’s now time for us to STAND UP in our power.
Debby Montgomery Johnson is a woman on a mission. In her book, “The Woman Behind the Smile” she shares her personal experience with a love that turned into betrayal and financial disaster and she removes the mask of shame and shows others how do to the same. Many of us have something, something we’re hiding, something we’re ashamed of, something that through no fault of our own or through our own making, something that we keep hidden and that, in turn, keeps us hidden, from each other and the world.
From Vermont and a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Debby is the President of Benfotiamine.Net, Inc, a vitamin supplement company that provides an alternative for the pain of neuropathy, a nerve disorder. (Benfotiamine.Net). Benfotiamine makes an extraordinary difference especially for diabetics and their families.
Her background is diverse, from working as a paralegal and bank branch manager to being a U.S. Air Force officer, serving as an Intelligence Officer at the Pentagon, the Defense Intelligence Agency and in Wiesbaden, Germany. Debby is just like you. A woman on a mission to live an authentic, joyful life as the Woman WITH the Smile rather than behind it.
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7 Steps to Stand Up in your Power (STAND UP)
S SEEK out authorities (FBI/Bank/Post Office) when you are taken by fraud of any kind and then SWIM it off.
T TALK to family or a TRUSTED friend…be honest and find a safe place to have the courage to speak up.
A ACKNOWLEDGE what happened and forgive yourself…you were taken advantage of. Learn to forgive the perpetrator.
N Make it NOTEWORTHY…journal everything.
D DEAL with it! Move on to a better place mentally, financially, emotionally, and physically. (The Serenity Prayer works well here…God, grand me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. DRINK water!
U Be UNSTOPPABLE – UNCOVER your divine self and UPLIFT another. Find your passion. Be comfortable being UNCOMFORTABLE!
P POWER, POWER, POWER! Grab a PARACHUTE and jump! (I did that literally out of a PERFECTLY good airplane!!). PART from the PAST and embrace your PRESENT. PONDER what happened and the PUT it behind you.
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